for an extended period of time

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Brain would like to work for the same employer for an extended period of time.

Is it correct to use "for a long period of time" instead of the phrase in bold.

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Brain would like to work for the same employer for an extended period of time.

Is it correct to use "for a long period of time" instead of the phrase in bold.

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It's not a very natural sentence. Where did you find it?
 

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It's not a very natural sentence. Where did you find it?

It should be "Brain is actually a very stable person who would like to work for the same employer for an extended period of time."
 

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Are you sure his name is Brain?
 

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"For a long time" is simple, natural and has the same meaning as "for an extended period of time." Yet I feel that for most people "for an extended period of time" is the preferred usage in this business-oriented sentence. I can see no good reason for that. As a bad reason I offer this: "for a long time" can be used in any context whereas "for an extended period of time" is normally used only in business or technical writing, and is therefore perceived as more businesslike.
 
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